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Outreach and Consultation


The Office of the Compliance Review Panel carries out outreach activities on the ADB Accountability Mechanism including the functions of the Special Project Facilitator (under the consultation phase) and the CRP (under the compliance review phase). The target audiences are ADB project beneficiaries or stakeholders including project affected people, civil society and non-government organizations, government agencies, private sector, as well as ADB staff.  The outreach is carried out through various activities such as discussions, briefings, presentations, and dissemination of information materials.


2010 program  
Workshop and Consultation Visits to Canada and the USA
29 November - 1 December 2010

The Chair and Secretary, Compliance Review Panel (CRP), attended a workshop “Sharpening Your Teeth – Advanced Investigative Training for Administrative Watchdogs” conducted by the Ombudsman of Ontario held on 29 November to 1 December 2010 in Canada. The main areas covered by the program included: principles of excellent investigations, systemic investigations, including planning techniques, interviewing witnesses, declining an investigation, assessing evidence, report writing, and use of social and other media. The program highlighted at least three broad general elements of the work of the Ombudsman that are directly referable to the work of the CRP: first, planning and implementing an investigation; second, having a systematic approach to evidence; and third, the concept of “systemic investigations”. These three key elements could be employed by the CRP for the purposes of the Accountability Mechanism.

After the workshop, the Chair and Secretary, CRP were joined by CRP member Anne Deruyttere in various briefings and consultations in Washington, D.C. -- US Treasury, World Bank Inspection Panel, Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism of the Inter-American Development Bank (MICI-IADB), and The Tuesday Group (an informal gathering of representatives from US government and civil society that meets once a month to discuss international development issues). The CRP Chair and Secretary also visited the United Nations University-World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) in New York. In Washington, they gave presentations on the ADB Accountability Mechanism for the Inspection Panel and other World Bank personnel as well as to MICI-IADB staff. In New York, they met with the UNU Director and agreed to look into the prospect of working with the UNU in hosting a gathering of governance, accountability and compliance experts at about the time of the Eighth Annual Meeting of the Independent Accountability Mechanisms, which will be held in Washington, D.C. in June 2011.

Rusdian Lubis
CRP Chair
Bruce Purdue
CRP Secretary
Anne Deruyttere
CRP Member

Outreach in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia
7-14 September 2010

Participants during the outreach
OCRP, OSPF and ADB’s NGO Center (NGOC) hold joint outreach missions on ADB Accountability Mechanism (AM) in Azerbaijan (7-8 September 2010), Georgia (9-10 September 2010) and Armenia (13-14 September 2010). The outreach sessions were attended by government representatives, staff of project executing agencies and implementing agencies, and representatives of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and the civil society. EBRD’s Projects Complaint Mechanism Officer also joined the outreach sessions in Armenia and Georgia and presented EBRD’s Project Complaint Mechanism (PCM). The whole event was arranged jointly by OSPF and NGOC in coordination with ADB staff from the three Resident Missions in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia.




NGO Forum Side Event
29 June 2010, Tokyo, Japan

NGOs present during the side event
ADB and the World Bank gave a joint presentation of their accountability mechanisms during an NGO Forum arranged by the Japanese Representative Office (JRO) at the ADB Institute in coordination with Japan Bank for International Cooperation and Nippon Export and Investment Insurance.

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7th Annual Meeting of the Independent Accountability Mechanisms
28-29 June 2010, Tokyo, Japan

Officials from the host organizations, JBIC/NEXI, during the opening session
The Chair, Compliance Review Panel, the Office of the Compliance Review Panel, and the Office of the Special Project Facilitator attended the 7th Annual Meeting of the Independent Accountability Mechanisms (IAMs) on 28-29 June 2010 held in Tokyo, Japan.

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CRP and SPF meeting with NGOs/CSOs during the ADB's 43rd Annual Meeting
3 May 2010, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

NGOs/CSOs during the meeting
At the recent 43rd Annual Meeting of the ADB Board of Governors held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan from 1-4 May 2010, the Chair, Compliance Review Panel (CRP), Rusdian Lubis, and Special Project Facilitator (SPF), Robert May, met representatives of a number of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) in a side-event meeting undertaken as part of the CSO Program and facilitated by ADB's NGO Center on 3 May 2010. With the exception of three local NGOs from the Environmental Law Center, Mahalla, and Armon in Tashkent, most participants were labor-based CSOs from Australia, India, and the Philippines.




Indonesia Outreach
26-27 April 2010, Indonesia

Bruce Purdue and Robert May
Bruce Purdue, Secretary, CRP and Robert May, Special Project Facilitator, OSPF held two outreach sessions on the ADB Accountability Mechanism in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 26-27 April 2010. The first session was made during the kick-off meeting for the Country Portfolio Review Mission on 26 April 2010 and attended by 50 government officials. The second session was held for 20 ADB staff from the Indonesia Resident Mission.




CRP Secretary's Presentation to Public Services International Oceania Workshop
24-25 March 2010, Sydney, Australia

PSI participants
During 24 and 25 March 2010, the CRP Secretary, Bruce Purdue, participated in a workshop convened by Public Services International (PSI) in Sydney, Australia. This included a presentation on the Accountability Mechanism to representatives from six of ADB's Pacific Developing Member Countries (PDMCs) namely Cook Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu. This was an ideal opportunity to explain the details of the ADB Accountability Mechanism, obtain feedback on OCRP's ideas for outreach to PDMCs during 2010 and to alert affected persons as to the initiation of the review of the Accountability Mechanism.

Mr. Purdue also had discussions with the NSW Ombudsman's Office, which has been involved with the Pacific Ombudsman Alliance (, the Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific at the University of Sydney, Oxfam Australia and governance practitioners. Mr. Purdue also visited ADB's Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office.



Dr. Maartje van Putten's Visit to Asian Development Bank
5 and 8 March 2010, Manila, Philippines

Dr. Maartje van Putten

Dr. Maartje van Putten, a member of the Independent Compliance Review Mechanism of the African Development Bank and a leading expert in the field of accountability and compliance, gave presentations and held informal discussions on 5 and 8 March 2010 with the Board of Directors, Management and concerned operations staff of the Asian Development Bank (ADB).




Meeting with Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)
19 February 2010, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Asia Indigenous People's Pact


A joint consultation mission comprising Dewi N. Utami, Associate Secretary of the Office of the Compliance Review Panel and Karin Oswald, Principal Project Facilitation Specialist of the Office of the Special Project Facilitator (OSPF) held a meeting with the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) at its secretariat office in Chiang Mai, Thailand on 19 February 2010.


Questions and Answers



OCRP, together with OSPF, conducted briefings on the Accountability Mechanism for new ADB Staff and Interns held in ADB Headquarters during 2010:
  • 17-19 March
  • 12-14 May
  • 16 June (interns)
  • 13-15 July
  • 21-23 Sep
  • 23-25 Nov